Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: NH012
Phone: (269) 471-6249


B.A. in English & Spanish, Oakwood College, 2002

M.S.W., University of Michigan, 2003

Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Alabama, 2014


Krista Cooper, PhD, LLMSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Andrews University. She joined the faculty in 2012, and currently teaches Policy for Social Change, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II, Introduction to Counseling, International Social Work, Orientation to Human Services and Social Work Ethics.

Dr. Cooper received her MSW from The University of Michigan specializing in Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health.  She then worked in the United Kingdom in the fields of substance misuse and child welfare.  She subsequently worked with individuals in psychiatric units facilitating healing by engaging clients in group therapy, family therapy and psycho-education.  In addition, she has worked in the field of Geriatrics.

In 2014, Dr. Cooper earned her PhD from the University of Alabama.  her doctoral research focused on Afro-Caribbean immigrant women living with HIV.  While at the University of Alabama, she was the recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship.  Her current research trajectory focuseson women living with or who have experienced reproductive trauma.  Her most recent grant-funded research centers the stories of women that have lived with symptomatic uterine fibroids.  Throught the years, Dr. Cooper has had the pleasure of presenting at various conferences based on her research at both national and international conferences.  Other areas of interest are healthcare and access to care, domestic violence, mental health in underserved and immigrant populations, HIV prevention and intervention, and policy development.

Dr. Cooper is a member of Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN), Central Alabama Caribbean American Association and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).


Current Research or Professional Activities


Krista Cooper.  The Praxis of Excellence.  Keynote Address Women of Excellence Conference (2019).  Berrien Springs, MI.

Krista Cooper.  Research advocacy: Afro-Caribbean immigrant women living with HIV.  Journal of Social Work and Christianity 46(1), 41-48, 2019.

Tam Pheona Cane and Krista Cooper.  Self-Care and the HIV Researcher: Reflections from the Field.  Social Work, Education, and Social Development (2019).  Dublin, Ireland.

Cooper, K. (2017), Rodriguez, S., & Arriaza, P.  "Understanding the Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Minority Women with HIV." Council on Social work Education: Houston, TX.

Cooper, K. (2017), Drumm, R., VanderWaal, C., Baltazar, A., McBride, D., Cincala, P.  "Adventist World Radio: Audience recommendations and reported Benefits." Adventist Human Subject Researchers Conference: Loma Linda, CA.

Cooper, K. (2017), Drumm, R., Baltazar, A. "Only God is five out of five: Global listener's perceptions of religious radio programming."  SSSR/RRA. Washington, DC.

Cooper, K. (2017) & Csikai, E.  "Good Care and Justice for All:  Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV."  Collaborative Soolutions, HIV/AIDS Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cooper, K., (2017), Drumm, R. VanderWaal, C., Baltazar, A., McBride, D. & Cincala, P.  Adventist World. Focus Group Report. The General Conference Archives, Reports, and Statistics. 

Cooper, K. (May 2016).  Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Chronic Illness: A Case Study of an Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Woman Living with HIV.   Adventist Human Subject Researchers Conference. Oakwood University, Huntsville AL.

Cooper, K.  (2015).  The Life Experiences of Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV:  A Phenomenological Investigation.  A Celebration of Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.

Cooper, K., & Ponce-Roas, M.  (2015) Researching Women's Lives.  Michigan Academy of Arts and Letters.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. 

VanderWaal, C.J., Mayer, A.R., Cooper, K. & Racovita-Szilagyi, L. (December 2013/January 2014).  Balancing justice and mercy:  Redemptive ways of dealing with student substance use.  The Journal of Adventist Education.  76(2), 40-47.

Payne-Foster, P., Cooper, K., Parton, J. M., & Meeks, J. O. (2011). Assessment of HIV/AIDS
prevention of rural African American Baptist leaders: Implication for effective partnerships for capacity building. Journal of the National Medical Association. 103, 323-331.

Cooper, K.  (2011). Best Research Practices with Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women with HIV/AIDS to the United States. Atlanta, GA: Boston College Annual HIV/AIDS Conference.

Cooper, K. (2010 ). Exploring Effective Research Practices and the Needs of Caribbean Immigrant Women with HIV/AIDS. Dublin, Ireland: 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (June 27- July 2).

Payne-Foster, P. & Cooper, K. (2009). Influencers of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Black Churches in the Deep South. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, Rural Health Conference

Li, A., Nelson-Gardell, D., Cooper, K., Collins, S. (2009).  Educating Social Work Doctoral Students as Social Work Education. Jackson, MS: 38th Annual Alabama/Mississippi Social
Work Education Conference